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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announces his education agenda Monday for the legislature at the Capitol in Richmond as (from left) Luca Rickey, Zane Childress and Caroline Saady listen. His No. 1 push will be to repeal the so-called Kings Dominion law that says schools cannot open until after Labor Day. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he announces his legislative agenda during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 4, 2012, file photo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (right) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (center) announce their legislative agenda in Richmond. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (left) and the Rev. Tommy McDearis (right) comfort Army Sgt. Paul Sweeney during the memorial service Monday in Blacksburg for Deriek W. Crouse, a Virginia Tech police officer who was fatally shot last week. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing a shift of revenue as part of his plan to fund the state's inadequate road system. He said Thursday that if the state government can effectively set priorities on spending, it can reallocate some general fund dollars to transportation - a "core function of government." (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday, "We simply cannot afford a government that just grows bigger and bigger with each passing year." (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, referencing the new biennial budget, predicts some pain ahead, which could include layoffs, to balance the needs of programs like Medicaid and the Virginia Retirement System. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"Today's news that the Supreme Court will hear arguments, possibly as soon as March, is reassuring news that we will soon reach finality on this critically important issue," said Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Republican. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell discusses election results at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling looks on. (Associated Press)

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"Republicans will now have the responsibility and accountability ... of governing both Houses," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell voted at noon today in Richmond in the 2011 election. At the polling place, he ran into former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder. (Photo courtesy of Michaele White, governor’s photographer)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (right), with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Fairfax on Wednesday, faces ballooning Medicaid costs in his state.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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In this image, released by the Virginia Republican Party, an invitation touts a Republican Party fundraiser featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in Richmond on Wednesday. State party Chairman Pat Mullins sent the invitation to party activists across the commonwealth.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) speak Aug. 24 in Mineral, Va., with businessman B.J. Singh after his store was damaged by last week's earthquake. The distribution of disaster-relief funds has caused political backlash in Virginia.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, appeared with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, together Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" in their roles as chairmen of their parties' governors associations. (Associated Press)

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Drew Angerer/The Washington Times Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) marks the occasion solemnly as the colors are presented at the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on Thursday in Manassas, Va.. At right is Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell.

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Drew Angerer/The Washington Times Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses the opening ceremony of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run on Thursday in Manassas, Va.